Why Can’t We Muster More Courage For Persecuted LGBTQ People in Africa?

Jeri’s Trans/LGBTQIA Queer Reflections From The City Different - Santa Fe, NM

image There has been a huge international outcry against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law and rightly so. Sadly, the outcry against what’s happening in Nigeria and Uganda has not measured up. Right now, in Nigeria, new anti-LGBTQ legislation passed and signed in the dead of night has unleashed not a wave of protest but rather vigilantes who are singling out suspected gays and beating them up. Mobs have become so unruly that they are demanding immediate execution of those arrested in the Islamic areas where the local Sharia-based justice system is already threatening to kill those convicted. Yes that’s right the mobs want to execute gays without them even being convicted in a rabidly homophobic court.

In Nigeria there are potential targets for boycotts and protests. Nigeria is a large exporter of oil. Yet, I have not heard any calls for a boycott of Western companies involved in the Nigerian oil industry…

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